Junior Mance: Jazz and the Chicago Blues
One of the first records I produced was by blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 1968. It was his last album for Vanguard and I was feeling eclectic and convinced Bubby to use some of my jazz friends on the session, including Junior Mance, Gary Bartz and Bill Folwell. I had no idea how steeped in blues and boogie Junior was until that session, which led to another album entitled “Buddy And The Juniors,” with Junior Wells as the third musician. Mance’s playing on that album is a revelation. And of course, his modern jazz credentials are impeccable. Tom Reney’s New England Public Radio blog includes an essay, a video interview and live music from New York City’s Cafe Loup in 2007.